Upcoming Programs and Events

For more information about programs and events, contact Lawrence Willim at 248.536.9604.


Holocaust Memorial Center Events

Community Events

September 30 / 7:00 pm
Film Screening and Q&A
Rescue in the Philippines

“Rescue in The Philippines” is a one-hour documentary of the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making two-for-a-nickel cigars in pre-WWII Manila, together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana (preparing for his own presidential campaign) and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower – helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines.

After the film, join us for a special Q&A discussion.

  • Admission: $10 HMC member/$15 nonmember
  • Docent Credit: Yes
  • Tickets: Call 248.661.1900 or visit http://theberman.org/

Sponsored by: PNC Foundation

With support from: Susan & Nelson Hersh, Michael Liebowitz, Stephanie & Jared Miller, Aviva & Jack Robinson, Anita & Kenneth Volk, and Lori & Steven Weisberg


October 9-11 / All Day
KTA Conference
Generations Together: Our Heritage and the Future

The Kindertransport Association is delighted to announce the 2015 biennial KTA Conference, Generations Together: Our Heritage and the Future, to be held at the Westin Southfield-Detroit and the Holocaust Memorial Center.

The KTA is thrilled to be working together with the Holocaust Memorial Center to create a memorable conference. The Holocaust Memorial Center is the home of the Kindertransport Quilt exhibit and the Kindertransport Association Archives.

This will be the last KTA Conference. Beginning in 2016, the KTA will join the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants at their annual conferences. This will provide continuity, and connect the KTA with a larger community. While this will have many positive outcomes, it will be a change, and the intimate family atmosphere that has developed over the years will be greatly missed. The KTA has been gathering every other year since 1991!

We do hope you will consider inviting your children and grandchildren, extended, and foster families to join you at this special conference.

For further information or additional registration forms, please contact the KTA registration team at KTAconference@gmail.com or 248.536.9604. We are looking forward to seeing you at the KTA conference.


October 22 / 7 pm
Film Screening
Kisses to the Children

Kisses to the Children is a documentary about the Jewish community in Greece based on testimonies of Greek Jewish survivors who spent the German occupation in hiding and talk about their lives. This tribute to the once vibrant Greek Jewish communities before the war is complemented by rare archival material made in occupied Greece by German soldiers and Greek patriots. Director Vassilis Loules will present.

Film is in Greek with English subtitles.  Click here to view trailer. 

  • Screening location TBD
  • For more information, please click here.

Presented by the Modern Greek Program, supported by the Foundation for Modern Greek Studies, and co-sponsored by The Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.


November 9 / 11 am
Author Talk
Even in Darkness: A Novel

Based on a true story spanning a century and three continents, Even in Darkness traces the life of Klare Kohler, a German Jew who brings passionate resilience to the Nazis' desctruction of her comfortable world. This saga of family, a lover, two world wars and a concentration camp leads to the unconventional life Klare builds in post-war Germany, allowing her to find wisdom, meaning, and, most unexpectedly, love. 

Even in Darkness is based on 15 years of interviews, on-site investigation and letters from Europe, Israel and the United States.

  • Location: Janice Charach Gallery at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit: 6600 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322
  • For more information, please contact Adina Pergament at apergament@jccdet.org or 248.432.5470

Day Underwritten By: Barbara & Douglas Bloom

Sponsored By: Holocaust Memorial Center